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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 24, 2020

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Cost of new elementary school intensifies dialogue between New Kent Board of Supervisors, School Board

By Andre Jones | September 1, 2020 1:05 am

At the March 25 work session of New Kent’s Board of Supervisors, a recommendation was made to defer funding for the construction of a new elementary school for the county due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. After county leaders approved that proposal during their April 13 regular meeting, the group elected to revisit the issue in the Fall to see if funding could be secured through the Virginia Public School Authority bond process. And while New Kent County Administrator Rodney Hathaway commented that they have provided notice of interest into obtaining funds through the process, it was clear that the…
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Charles City forum on COVID-19 addresses difficulties, adjustments to deal with pandemic

By Andre Jones | August 29, 2020 5:54 pm

Several Charles City leaders from a variety of organizations gathered together on Aug. 27 for a roundtable discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel focused on how people were dealing with problems related to the pandemic and also received information to address mental health. Charles City of Director of Fire and EMS James Johnson opened up the dialogue by telling those in attendance that the county had just over 60 cases related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, five of those cases resulted in deaths. Despite those numbers, the message was to bring a sense of togetherness. Mental health expert Denise Flournoy commented…
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Williamsburg man dies in crash on Interstate 64 in New Kent

By Community Member | August 29, 2020 11:26 am

A crash on Interstate 64 in New Kent resulted in a fatality of a Williamsburg man Friday afternoon. According to a Virginia State Police report, at 1:30 p.m. a 2018 Ford F-150 traveling westbound at the 216 mile marker ran off the left side of the interstate. The vehicle went up the embankment in the median and struck several trees. The driver, identified as Lynn John Maltinsky, 66, died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The crash remains under investigation.

Providence Forge woman dies in Charles City car accident

By Community Member | August 26, 2020 3:14 pm

Virginia State Police are investigating a Charles City crash that resulted in the fatality of a Providence Forge woman. Shortly before noon on Monday, Aug. 24, state troopers responded to the 7000 block of S. Lott Cary woman. A preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Cadillac CTS was traveling north on S. Lott Cary Road when it crossed the center line and struck an oncoming 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and the trailer it was pulling. The driver of the Cadillac, identified as Glenda L. Canaday, 60, died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Chevrolet, identified as…
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Route 155 bridge scheduled to reopen next week

By Community Member | August 26, 2020 8:56 am

The F.W. “Wakie” Howard Jr. Bridge on Route 155 (Courthouse Road) that connects Charles City and New Kent County is slated to reopen next week. The bridge closed on June 1 for repairs to the bridge’s deck. The project was delayed for one year due to concerns from local business owners. The bridge is tentatively set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 1 according to Virginia Department of Transportation representative Marshall Winn. He also commented that if it’s not open by then that it should be open by the end of the week.

Quinton man receives six-month sentence for third protective order violation within 20 years

By Andre Jones | August 24, 2020 7:53 pm

A Quinton man incarcerated at a correctional facility entered a guilty plea to felony violation of a protective order. Kyle Robert Crews, 24, formerly of the 1200 block of Quaker Road and currently residing at the Lunenburg Correctional Center, entered the plea during proceedings Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. In a summary of evidence, on Sept. 29, 2019, Crews made contact with a person that he was ordered not to have any interaction, direct or indirect, with. The defendant had two previous violations, and this offense, which is his third, triggered the felony due to it being his third…
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Driver involved in $112,000 robbery in Charles City sentenced to 13 years in prison

By Andre Jones | August 21, 2020 5:00 pm

A Dinwiddie man who drove the getaway car for a $112,000 robbery in Charles City will serve 13 years in prison after receiving formal sentencing during Friday proceedings in Charles City Circuit Court. Stephen Hunter Martin, 31, of the 8200 block of Vaughan Road, will serve two five-year sentences on use of a firearm in commission of a felony (second offense) and three years on one count of use of a firearm in a felony (first offense). Twenty years each on two charges of robbery, 20 years on one count of robbery with the use of a gun, and 10…
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First detailed plans for Charles City virtual reopening revealed

By Andre Jones | August 19, 2020 1:28 am

As local schools make the adjustment to start the 2020-21 academic year in a virtual environment, many questions remain unanswered on the feasibility of services and instruction. Tuesday night’s Charles City School Board meeting provided the groundwork and resemblance of its opening steps. Charles City Superintendent of Schools Dalphine Joppy spoke about the first set of plans orchestrated by her staff in kicking off the new school year. After rehashing the steps that led to the decision of the school system virtually back in July, more details emerged at the meeting on a tentative structure for students and parents to…
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Charles City town hall provides update of Internet services to residents

By Robb Johnson | August 18, 2020 11:04 am

The ongoing saga known as Internet in Charles City County started in 2014, with each chapter of highs, lows, and hopes along the way, only to be squashed. Hopefully after Monday night’s town hall meeting held by Charles City’s Board of Supervisors, the book can finally come to a satisfying conclusion for many residents in the county. Charles City leaders hosted a town hall with a limited personal audience and an opportunity for video viewers in an effort to provide an update on Internet service. The history of providing Internet to the county has been tumultuous to say the least….
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New Kent schools switch to all virtual restart to begin FY2020-21 year

By Andre Jones | August 17, 2020 7:21 pm

New Kent County Schools are shifting to an all-virtual instruction mode after a school board work session Monday night. The change comes approximately a few weeks after the school board originally chose to allow parents/guardians to choose their method of instruction. It will last for the first semester (18 weeks) with a review by the school board at the halfway point. “We do not feel that we are adequately staffed to have a hybrid model and keep our staff safe,” said Superintendent of Brian Nichols. Fueling the change were comments Nichols made at the school board’s August regular meeting. At…
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